Perfect win but more to come from Craven

Championship hopeful Alex Craven took an important and dominant win in the opening race of round eight, ending his run of bad luck that has denied him at least one race win in the past few rounds.

Championship hopeful Alex Craven took an important and dominant win in the opening race of round eight, ending his run of bad luck that has denied him at least one race win in the past few rounds.

After pulling into the pits midway through qualifying with a wishbone mount problem, the Lanan Racing man still managed to secure second such was his impressive speed. And when the lights went out he got away well, quickly building an unassailable lead, despite having to make wholesale changes to his car overnight.

"It was perfect really." said Craven. "Qualifying wasn't ideal yesterday but the boys did a good job getting the car fixed, we had to use completely different mounts on the gearbox so we are running a different car to yesterday that I don't like quite as much.

"The start was not actually that good but good enough, I covered Alice [Powell] down the inside and I guess they kept themselves busy while I created a bit of a gap."

With the changes made and time already spent in the car to help him adjust he believes he should be even quicker for the second race of round eight, saying "Fingers crossed, I think the tyre pressures were a bit high so we'll look at that."

A spin for Tristan Cliffe in Craven's mirrors added more space to his cushion but Craven admitted he would have preferred Cliffe to have remained between him and Powell to help his bid for the title. More importantly though he knew he had to wrap up the win. 

"I use the mirrors to see where the gap is and saw a cloud of dust, and I thought I was pretty comfy at that stage."

The six second gap was comfortable enough, and the race winner will be starting from third for the second race of the penultimate round of 2013.

With three race wins still up for grabs, he will be hoping Powell suffers a similar fate to that of Cliffe and have one more non-finish to further help his cause.

Race two starts at 15:55, follow @F3Cup for live updates.